Nigerian artiste, Simi is a household name in the black populated nation. Born Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye on the 19th of April, 1998 in Oguelegba, Surulere, Lagos State to a family of four children, where she happened to be the last. Simi has frequently stated that, she was a tomboy while growing up and that her parents parted ways, when she was just 9 years old.
Simi attended Stars International College in Ikorodu, Lagos state there she had her higher education after that she proceeded to Covenant University, Ota, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.
Simisola started her music career as a member of a gospel choir of the Daystar Christian Centre at the age of 16 but before that she had already written her first song at the age of 10.
Simi launched her professional music career in 2008 with a gospel album, which she titled ‘Ogaju‘ among the songs in the album were ‘Iya Temi‘, ‘Ara IIle‘ and a variety of others. The album was produced by music producer, Samklef.
At the start of 2014, Simi released a five-tracked EP, ‘Restless‘ which caught the attention of record label X3M Music and she later ended up ‘putting a pen to paper‘. On January, 2014 she released two singles ‘E no go Funny‘ and ‘Tiff‘, which both songs managed to make it to several playlist and music charts in the country for weeks. Both songs got her a nomination for the Best Alternative Song at the 2015 Headies Award but she didn’t come home with the award.
In 2016, she released ‘Jamb Question‘ which saw the remix of the song feature fellow Nigerian artiste and rapper, Falz. The song was met with a large reception from audience around the country and once again her song was topping the music charts around the country.
On Valentine’s day of 2016, she released ‘Love Don’t Care‘ which was widely accepted by Nigerians. Simi was once again nominated for the Best Breakthrough Act at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards. Simi then released, ‘Chemistry‘ which featured Falz. She was nominated for the Headies Awards for the second year in a row but this time with nominations in three different categories, she ended up winning one award.
On the 8th of September, 2017, Simi released her second studio album titled ‘Simisola‘ among songs in the album were ‘Smile for Me‘ and ‘Joromi‘ which were both released before the initial release of the album in a bid to promote the album. Music videos for other singles on the album like, ‘O Wa Nbe‘, ‘Complete Me‘, ‘Gone for Good’ and ‘Aimasiko‘ were released before the album for promotion of the album. The album ‘Simisola‘ debuted at number 5 on the Billboard World Albums chart.
‘Omo Charlie Champagne’, Vol.1 her third studio album was released on her 31st birthday on April 19th, 2019 this was after she had previously made a social media disclosure on the album. The album which was a tribute to her late father, Charles Oladele Ogunleye, who died in 2014 featured several Nigerian acts such as, Maleek Berry, Patoranking, Adekunle Gold and Falz. The album had 13 tracks and was followed by three singles: ‘I Dun Care’, ‘Lovin’ and ‘Ayo’.
May of 2019 saw Simi part ways with X3M Music as her contract with the recording label ended. The artiste did not renew her recording contract with the label and they parted ways mutually. June of that same year saw her make an announcement about the launch of her own record label, Studio Brat.
Simi got married to her heartthrob and fellow artiste, Adekunle Gold in a private wedding ceremony on the 9th of January, 2019. She had several denied the existence of a relationship, with the singer but investigations later showed that the couple had been dating for five years. Simisola is also a Sound engineer and has also actively participated in various philanthropic acts.
This week, Simi takes the spot for the Afro Blog’s #WCW.